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Wilding : returning nature to our farm

Author: Isabella Tree; Eric Schlosser
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For many years Isabella Tree and Charlie Burrell struggled to make a go as farmers, doing everything they could to make the heavy clay soils of their farm at Knepp in West Sussex as productive as possible, while rarely succeeding in making a profit. By 2000, facing bankruptcy, the couple decided they would try something new. They would restore their 3,500 acres, farmed for centuries, even millennia, to the form  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Tree, Isabella, 1964-
Wilding.
New York : New York Review Books, [2018]
(DLC) 2019003392
(OCoLC)1080275081
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Isabella Tree; Eric Schlosser
ISBN: 9781681373720 1681373726
OCLC Number: 1120048547
Notes: Originally published: London : Picador, 2018.
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 362 pages) : illustrations (some color), map
Other Titles: Returning nature to our farm
Responsibility: Isabella Tree ; introduction by Eric Schlosser.

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"For many years Isabella Tree and Charlie Burrell struggled to make a go as farmers, doing everything they could to make the heavy clay soils of their farm at Knepp in West Sussex as productive as possible, while rarely succeeding in making a profit. By 2000, facing bankruptcy, the couple decided they would try something new. They would restore their 3,500 acres, farmed for centuries, even millennia, to the form that they had had before human intervention. They would bring back the wild. This was no simple matter. What form did the land have before it took on the form that human beings have given it? The answer to that question was controversial and required real, and fascinating, research. And then the land had once been open to whole hosts of animals that had since been prevented from running wild, if not killed off or made extinct. These had been a crucial actor in the landscape and its ecology, and how were they, or their likes, to be reintroduced into it? And finally there were the neighbors, often appalled at the sight of once tidy fields now running riot with what they considered dangerous weeds. The experiment however, was a success. With minimal human intervention, and with herds of free-roaming animals stimulating new habitats, Knepp is now full of new life. Rare species such as turtle doves, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies breed there. The fabled English nightingale, heard less and less in modern times, sings again"--

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